Darts: Peter Wright beats Justin Pipe 6-2 to lift Players Championship 9
Peter Wright bounced back from his Premier League Darts disappointment by winning Saturday's Players Championship 9.
Last Updated: 25/05/14 9:14am
Wright, who fell just short of reaching the Premier League Darts play-offs after a strong start to his debut campaign in the event, bounced back to form to take the £10,000 first prize and boost his confidence ahead of next week's Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters.
The colourful star capitalised on a slow start from Pipe as he won the first four legs, recording a 14-darter and back-to-back 15-dart finishes.
However, he then missed four shots at a double to move 5-0 up and Pipe took out double one to claw a leg back.
Wright won the next to go a leg away from victory and, while Pipe won the eighth leg with a 14-dart finish to keep the game alive, 'Snakebite' ended the contest with a brilliant 11-darter.
The success emulated last June's victory in Crawley and means the 44-year-old - who saw off John Henderson, Steve Douglas, Adrian Lewis, Brendan Dolan and Jamie Craven on route to the final - has picked up a PDC ProTour win for the third successive year.
Pipe reached his second final of the year - backing up his fine run to a European Tour final in Germany back in January - as he collected the £5,000 runners-up prize.
He had to overcome Dutch youngster Benito van de Pas 6-5 in the last four, with the 21-year-old producing his best performance in a PDC ProTour event since winning a Tour Card in.
Caven's run to the semi-finals was his best performance for exactly 12 months, when he won back-to-back Players Championships in Wigan on the same weekend.
Raymond van Barneveld - who defeated Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen to claim his Premier League title 48 hours earlier - suffered a first round loss after falling victim to Leamington Spa undertaker Nigel Heydon.
Reigning world champion Van Gerwen had an eventful afternoon as he came from 5-3 down to defeat Lincolnshire's Ross Twell 6-5 in the first round.
He then beat compatriot Christian Kist by the same scoreline by hitting a 112 checkout in the deciding leg in the next round before he lost in the last 32 stage to Michael Mansell, despite averaging over 100 in a 6-3 defeat.
Sunday sees a second Players Championship held at the K2 Centre to conclude the weekend, with £50,000 in prize money up for grabs.